Saturday, 6 December 2008


karl marx illustration
Another effort for IF. I made this a while ago hoping to turn it into a T-shirt design, but as usual never got around to it. I was reading a book about Marx and sketched a quick charicature from a photo of him. He's always depicted with that serious look, hence the captions. He had a hard life, but I think he would have had a chuckle now and then - and he'd certainly appreciate all the bloggers who are "rising up" and producing their own content...!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Saturday, 1 November 2008


sinister shark illustration
Somewhere in between novel-writing, card-making and sleeping, I found time to do a quick sketch for the topic "Vacant" for this week's Illustration Friday. Sharks always seem to have vacant eyes, which tends to make them seem scarier (that and the fact that a lot of them have huge teeth!), but actually I quite like them! For this illo I took a pic of my drawing (for lack of a scanner) and inverted the colours using GIMP to make it look like it's looming out of the dark.

NaNo go!

'Tis officially the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) today, which means I and lots of other mad people have to write a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30th. The idea is to "silence your inner critic" and go for sheer output over perfection. So, late nights in front of the laptop for me... er, just the same as usual then!

Meanwhile, Domokun thinks it's National Novel Reading Month and has just found out something he didn't know...

domokun reading a book

Update: 13th April 2009
Since nothing else NaNo-related materialised, you can probably guess that I didn't get much further than the first 1700 words. May be next year!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Silly cow

small toy cow
It's very difficult to concentrate on making Christmas cards when cows keep wandering across to see what you're doing...

Monday, 13 October 2008

Green to brown

changing colours of autumn
October seems to be the best month for colour photography. I spent the weekend capturing the changing foliage!

Saturday, 4 October 2008


colours and shadows of autumn
Well, autumn is well and truly here in my part of the world. Soon it'll be time to start thinking about Christmas!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008


spanish castle  berlin panorama  portugal monument  berlin der neue wache memorial  valladolid church with storks
fly on a leaf  child climbing on statue  toledo cathedral  dog by a lake  dog peering into a house
glass building  gargoyles and carvings  sea shore at san sebastian  seagull flying past a window

As you can see, the blog has undergone a small makeover. Above are some photos on the theme of "space". Not outer-space, but spaces between, above, around and below things which can often enhance an ordinary photo. Click on the thumbnails to view them full-size. I hope you like them.

Monday, 7 July 2008


lemon and lime illustration
A silly one for IF. Possible alternate tagline - "Lemon suspected nepotism was the explanation for such a quick promotion..."

Thursday, 19 June 2008


doodles in paint and pen
Ah, the joys of the doodle... the best use for leftover paint! Tiny characters with a life of their own.

Saturday, 14 June 2008


flies illustration
[Larger version]

"Waiter, waiter! There's a fly in my soup!"
"Well sir, don't speak too loudly or everybody will want one...!"

Yet another slightly tenuous offering for Illustration Friday. This two-tone style always puts me in mind of those magazine illustrations from the 1950s. The third fly also seems to have turned out a bit Gorey...

Tuesday, 20 May 2008


sinister animals
[Larger version]

If you open your eyes "wide" at night, you might just see something unexpected...
A tenuous effort for Illustration Friday, with apologies to the inimitable Goya.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008


zx spectrum startup screen

A few of the things that make life a little more bearable:
- drinking tea when you're really thirsty
- musty books
- the bit of floor just below a window sill
- the film "If..."
- really good poetry
- remembering your first ZX Spectrum

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Easy being green

trees outside the window
pot plant
shades of green paint
I think I've used every shade of green known to man in my current piece of work.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008


selection of old photos
The fruits of a browse around town. Rescuing discarded pet photos from second-hand shops is a favourite pastime of mine. And who can resist a novel about talking woodland creatures...?!

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Curtain up

running water
sea salt
shower curtain
By utilizing the little-appreciated skill of "avoiding work", you can get lots of household chores done very easily. Today the shower curtain needed a good clean, and by adding a bit of salt to the water, you can keep the mould at bay a little longer! Tomorrow I will do some work, promise...!

Monday, 5 May 2008

Holiday blues

misty mountain
sea and surf
sea cliffs
First post, so not much here at the moment, but hopefully there will be soon. It’s always difficult to come back after a great holiday...
Anyway, can’t stare at holiday snaps all day - there’s work to be done!